The link between offline brand attributes and corporate brand image in bookstores

Rui Vinhas Da Silva, Sharifah Faridah Syed Alwi

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Abstract

Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to look into the relationship between the physical aspect of a retail store, product-related attributes, personal interaction with customers and perceived reliability and corporate brand image in an offline or bricks and mortar context. Design/methodology/approach - The study is based on 511 interviews conducted in various bookstores and uses structural equation modelling as a statistical tool for concluding the above. Findings - The paper argues that physical aspect of a retail store, product-related attributes and personal interaction with customers will have a significant and positive direct effect on the offline corporate brand image whilst there was no significant connection between reliability and corporate brand image. Research limitations/implications - The research has been conducted in one organisation, albeit a number of bookstores were scrutinized. Practical Implications - The paper's managerial contribution lies in its lessons for practitioners who want to understand what are the key drivers of corporate brand image in an offline context. It also provides a background for further studies which can extrapolate the current thinking into other sectors in order to validate or refute the results presented here. Originality/value - The paper scrutinizes the impact of: physical aspects; product related information; reliability; and personal interaction in the corporate brand image of a retail organisation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)175-187
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Product and Brand Management
Volume17
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008

Keywords

  • Bookselling
  • Brand image
  • Corporate branding
  • Retailing
  • Shops

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